December 4, 2013 at 8:17 AM
Add Arizona legendary coach Lute Olson to the growing list of fans who don’t like the new NCAA defensive rules, which prohibit hand-checking and gives offensive players more freedom than ever before.
Scoring is up in the Pac-12, but fans have complained about the frequent calls and the increase in free throws.
“Frankly, I really don’t like it that much,” Olson said told CBSsports.com. “I think it takes teams out of their rhythm. It seems like there is a whistle stopping play so many times. I can understand if they are arm-barring a kid and keeping him from where he wants to go.
“Some of these touch fouls I think are ridiculous. I don’t think they are good for the game.”
TUESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— No letdown for No. 2 Arizona, which crushed Texas Tech 79-58. With new point guard T.J. McConnell directing the offense and distributing 10 assists, Aaron Gordon (19 points and eight rebounds) and Brandon Ashley (18 points and 10 rebounds) dominated the Red Raiders inside while Nick Johnson (18 points and four three-pointers) provided a perimeter assault. The Wildcats improved to 8-0.
— Tied 42-42 at halftime, No. 18 UCLA pulled away in the second half thanks to Jordan Adams (22 points) and claimed an 89-76 win over UC Santa Barbara. Kyle Anderson had 21 points and nine rebounds, Zach LaVine 15 points and Norman Powell 13. It was the seventh straight game the Bruins (8-0) scored at least 80 points. They’re averaging 90.6 points, which ranks sixth nationally.
— Something about Colorado State brings out the best in Spencer Dinwiddie. The Colorado junior scored 28 points – one shy of his personal best, which he set last year against CSU – to lead the Buffaloes to a 67-62 win over their cross-state rivals. Askia Booker added 12 points and Jaron Hopkins 10 for CU (8-1).
— Something had to give when undefeated Utah traveled to play undefeated Boise State. The Utes lost for the first time – 69-67 – due in part to poor free-throw shooting down the stretch. Utah made 8 of 15 at the line, which included five misses in the final 10 minutes. Jordan Loveridge (19) and Delon Wright (15) led the Utes (6-1).
December 3, 2013 at 9:24 AM
Inbound-Washington forward Tristan Etienne had a big weekend.
The 6-10, 215-pound senior at W.J. Mouat in Abbotsford, Canada led the third-ranked Hawks to a 75-67 win over No. 1 Tamamawis of Surrey on Sunday at the second annual Tsumura Basketball Invitational at the Langley Events Centre.
Etienne had 31 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks (4-0) with coach Lorenzo Romar sitting in the stands.
“Tristan was awesome today,” Mouat head coach Rich Ralston told The Province. “That was maybe one of the best games I have seen him play.”
Etienne isn’t expected to help the Huskies immediately next season and it’s believed he needs to add weight and improve his strength and conditioning. However, he’s starting to show signs that maybe he can crack the rotation next season.
Etienne and Timberline High wing Donaven Dorsey signed scholarship papers with the Huskies last month. Washington currently has one available scholarship.
December 2, 2013 at 4:51 PM
Compared to this point last season, only Arizona (85.2 ppg.) averaged better than 80.0 points through the first three weeks of the season in the Pac-12.
Thanks in large part to the new defensive rules that outlaw hand-checking, scoring is up this season.
Led by UCLA (90.9 ppg.) six Pac-12 teams are averaging more than 80.0 points this season. The others include: Utah (90.7), Oregon (88.0), Oregon State (84.8), Washington (84.1) and Stanford (81.8).
Arizona State guard Jahii Carson scored 40 points in a game, which is the most this season.
A year ago, former California guard Allen Crabbe was the only player in the Pac-12 averaging 20 or more points at this point of the season.
This season, seven Pac-12 players are averaging 20 or better. Here’s the list:
Team ………………. Name …………………. Scoring avg. …… Games played ….. Season high
Oregon State ……… Roberto Nelson ……. 25.4 ……………….. 5 …………………. 36
Oregon State ……… Devon Collier ………. 23.0 ……………….. 3 ………………….. 32
Washington ……….. C.J. Wilcox …………… 22.6 ………………. 7 ………………….. 30
UCLA ……………….. Jordan Adams ………. 21.4 ………………. 7 …………………. 30
Washington State …… DaVonte Lacy ……… 21.1 ………………. 7 …………………. 28
Oregon ……………… Joseph Young ………. 20.3 ……………. 7 ………………….. 36
Arizona State ………. Jahii Carson ………… 20.2 ……………… 9 …………………. 40
MONDAY’S PAC-12 SCHEDULE:
UC Irvine (5-3) at California (5-2), 7:30 p.m. ……… Pac-12 Networks
Season tally: 55-12
December 2, 2013 at 2:14 PM
After leading No. 2 Arizona to the NIT Season-Tip Off championship and a pair of wins including a victory over then-No. 6 Duke, Arizona’s Nick Johnson won the Pac-12 Player of the Week award.
It’s the second award in a span of three days for the junior guard who won Most Outstanding Player honors at the NIT Season Tip-Off.
He averaged 17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists last week during two games at Madison Square Garden.
In the 66-62 win over Drexel, Johnson scored a team-high 20 points. He converted 5 of 12 field goals, including the transition layup that gave Arizona its first lead of the game. He also had a team-high four assists and five rebounds.
Against Duke, Johnson scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half of the 72-66 win. He also had two rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
For the third time in four weeks, Washington nominated C.J. Wilcox. The senior guard averaged 21.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in two wins for the Huskies.
Others Pac-12 players nominated: California’s Justin Cobbs, Colorado’s Josh Scott, Oregon’s Johnathan Loyd, Oregon State’s Devon Collier, Stanford’s Dwight Powell, UCLA’s Kyle Anderson, USC’s Pe’Shon Howard and Washington State’s DaVonté Lacy.
2012-13 PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK WINNERS:
Nov. 25 – Arizona State’s Jahii Carson
Nov. 18 – Oregon State’s Roberto Nelson
Nov. 11 — California’s Tyrone Wallace
December 2, 2013 at 12:40 PM
After its convincing win over Duke to win the NIT Season-Tip Off championship, Arizona rose to No. 2 in Associated Press and USA Today/coaches top 25 polls.
It’s the highest ranking for the Wildcats since coach Sean Miller took over in 2009.
Oregon is 13th in both polls while UCLA is 17th in the coaches’ ranking and 18th in the AP poll.
The writers gave Colorado 17 votes and the Buffaloes received eight votes from the coaches. No other Pac-12 team received a vote.
Interesting to note, San Diego State, which plays Washington on Sunday, entered the AP poll for the first time this week at No. 24. The Aztecs (5-1) are unranked in the coaches’ poll.
After the first month of the season, it’s shaping up to be a three-team race in the Pac-12.
Arizona, Oregon and UCLA are the class of the conference while Colorado, Arizona State, Stanford and California are lumped in the middle. No one really knows what to make of Utah, which built a 6-0 record on a cream puff schedule.
Washington, USC, Oregon State and Washington State have struggled as projected.
Here’s how the conference stacks up in the RPI: Arizona (14), Oregon (25), Colorado (26), UCLA (46), Arizona State (76), Stanford (87), USC (104), California (125), Washington State (160), Utah (163), Oregon State (169) and Washington (205).
December 2, 2013 at 2:48 AM
Last week the Huskies returned home after a pair of defeats in New York and their RPI was 196th in the CBS Sports Ranking.
After two close wins at home to a pair of mid-major teams, Washington fell to 206th in the CBSsports.com RPI.
MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— The Oregonian breaks down Oregon coach Dana Altman’s new three-year contract extension, which includes a $40,000 bonus if the Ducks win the Pac-12 regular-season title.
— Altman is dealing with back pain after the seventh-ranked Ducks rolled over Cal Poly 82-61 in the Global Sports Hardwood Classic. Oregon (7-0) received 35 points from the bench including 14 points apiece from Richard Armadi and Elgin Cook. Starting guards Johnathan Loyd, Damyean Dotson and Joseph Young each had 13 points.
— Stanford scored the game’s first 13 points and never trailed South Dakota State in a 92-60 blowout victory as part of the Progressive Legends Classic at Maples Pavilion. Chasson Randle scored 21 points and Anthony Brown 19. Stanford improved to 6-2.
— There’s no telling where Washington State would be at without standout guard DaVonte Lacy who scored 25 points during its 72-67 defeat to St. Joseph’s in the fifth/sixth place game at the Old Spice Classic in the Buena Vista, Fla.
— Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson scored fewer than 10 points for the first time this season during the Sun Devils’ 60-57 defeat to Miami in the final round of the Wooden Legacy basketball tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Jordan Bachnyski picked up the slack and finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.
— Despite a 32-point performance by Devon Collier, Oregon State lost 93-81 to DePaul that snapped the Beavers’ three-game winning streak.
December 1, 2013 at 9:03 AM
The Huskies stumbled defensively and were pushed to the max, but survived once again and pulled out a 92-89 double-overtime victory that wasn’t decided until the final seconds.
SUNDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Mike Moser had 15 rebounds and 13 points in No. 14 Oregon’s 91-76 victory over North Dakota.
— It was a homecoming for Josh Scott who scored 16 points to lead Colorado in an 81-57 rout at Air Force for its seventh win in a row. Scott went to high school a short distance from the Air Force Academy.
— Behind 23 points from Pe’Shon Howard USC beat Xavier 84-78 in the seventh-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
November 30, 2013 at 8:48 PM
Not sure the Huskies knew what they really had in Mike Anderson when he signed this summer. Former assistant Jim Shaw found him at Moberly Area Community College in Missouri, which has produced a handful of NBA players including Mitch Richmond and Gerald Wilkins.
Coach Lorenzo Romar said the Huskies expected Anderson was going to be a playmaker, but he didn’t think Anderson would produce a 19-point, 16-rebound performance in his seventh game to lead Washington to a 92-89 double overtime victory over Long Beach State.
“We just expected Mike to be a jack of all trades,” Romar said. “I wouldn’t have told you he’d go out and get 19 and 16 in a game this early. Junior-college kids a lot of time take a little longer to do that. But he’s been rebounding like crazy. He just gave an Herculean effort for us tonight. And that’s something he did in junior college. He just helped wherever needed.
“He’s playing out of position … and he’s a guy that’s not saying ‘Man you’re messing me up for the league. I’m not a four.’ Mike just wants to play basketball and compete. And it’s something how those guys a lot of times end up coming out on top.”
Anderson played 45 out of a possible 50 minutes. He converted 9 of 12 free throws. He had six offensive rebounds, three steals and a huge steal in the first overtime. Anderson also did a valiant job defending against 6-7 and 220-pound forward David Samuels who finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
When the Huskies were desperate to find someone to replace injured forward Jernard Jarreau in the starting lineup, Anderson, a 6-4 wing, emerged and Washington adopted a four-guard lineup. He entered Saturday’s game averaging 7.0 rebounds, which is second on the team.
Romar admitted he’s just trying to scratch and claw through the early part of the non-conference schedule until Desmond Simmons returns Dec. 29 for the Hartford game and until younger players such as reserve big man Gilles Dierickx gains more experience.
Until then, the Huskies (4-3) have to grind out nail-biters like Saturday’s game that probably should have been an easier win considering Long Beach State (1-7) has lost seven straight games and is one of the worst scoring teams in the nation.
Romar also admitted he’s concerned about UW’s porous defense, which allowed the 49ers to shoot 58.6 percent from the field in the first half and 54.5 percent in the second. He knows that’s not going to cut it when Washington plays good teams like San Diego State on Dec. 8.
“We kind of have to do it with smoke and mirrors until we get Desmond back and until other guys are more experienced and until as a group we understand what we’re trying to do,” Romar said.
MORE NOTES, QUOTES AND OBSERVATIONS:
November 30, 2013 at 8:24 PM
Here’s video (above) of C.J. Wilcox, Perris Blackwell and Mike Anderson following Washington’s 92-89 double overtime win over Long Beach State.
November 30, 2013 at 7:49 PM
Here’s video (above) of coach Lorenzo Romar discussing Washington’s 92-89 double-overtime win over Long Beach State.